Troopers: 7-year-old seriously injured in ice-related wreck

ONSLOW COUNTY - A patch of ice contributed to a wreck that seriously injured a 7-year-old girl in Onslow County Friday.

According to the Highway Patrol, 42-year-old Fidel Juarez Martinez was driving east on Potters Hill Road, near A.I. Taylor Road northwest of Richlands, at about 1:20 p.m. Friday. Martinez's wife and two children -ages 5 and 7- were in the vehicle as well.

Troopers said Martinez was driving below the speed limit, but probably still too fast for the conditions, when his vehicle hit a patch of ice. Martinez then lost control of his car, which went off the road and hit a concrete culvert.

Martinez's 7-year-old daughter was in the back seat and was seriously injured , said troopers. The girl was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center, but her condition was unknown.

Martinez himself and hisĀ  5-year-old son were not hurt in the crash, investigators said. Meanwhile, Martinez's wife suffered minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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